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South Bay Chinese School
南灣中文學校 - 創立于1971年服務南灣地區40+年,從未更改校名,也没有開設分校.  WHY  Should  YOU ? Is it  SAFE? [CLICK ]

 
South Bay Chinese School

Q&A Before You Decide to Enroll:

 
Q1. Do you have Mandarin classes for older beginners, or for those
 
interested in Mandarin Conversation only?
 
A: Yes, the Mandarin Conversation 國語會話 (MC) class is designed for beginners 
 
of all ages. The idea is to learn Chinese through natural discussions. The class 
 
provides opportunities for you to interact and internalize the new skill with a 
 
language partner in class. Please take advantage of the open enrollment and
 
"visiting student" policy and join us anytime.
 
 
 
 
Q2. My child is 16 months old, what is your minimum age requirement for 
 
enrollment? What is the cost?
 
A: Our very popular Mommy & Me class 國語小小班 accepts students from age two
 
to Five. When classes resume onsite, this class meets every Saturday from 11am to
 
11:55am. Please feel free to bring your little one at that time and try it out. Tuition is
 
$300 for 30 weeks. Always check for current class time and pricing. Core Chinese
 
classes can accept your child turns 5, and progress from Level Kindergarten to 8. 
 
 
 
 
 
Q3. We are interested in enrolling, but are very worried about how it will  
 
work with the kids’ sport and school activities on Saturdays.
 
A: You have a very common concern with most other parents. Over the past 49
 
years, our school has co-existed with thousands of very busy South Bay families. 
 
Our teachers are very experienced and flexible; they work with your family to 
 
help your kid(s) succeed, in the amount of time he/she can devote to attending 
 
Chinese lessons. With the tuition set at a very affordable rate (~$7/hr), it is a great
 
value for all families.  
 
 
 
 
 
Q4. Is there any way to join a class far into a school year? Or, should we 
 
wait for the second semester or next school year? 
 
A: You do not need to wait, even in the second (Spring) semester. Kids are always
 
busy and many start at various weeks. The sooner the students can learn Chinese
 
with their peers in a class setting, the greater success they will have. That's why
 
we have open enrollment. Our classes are small, so that teachers have the flexibility
 
to fitting students' needs into their teaching methods. Tuition will be prorated.
 
 
 
 
Q5. What kind of help is there if my child falls behind in class? 
 
A: The best resource is your class teacher. SBCS teachers are experienced
 
professionals who are passionate in teaching Chinese to kids raised in the
 
American culture. Our Principals (or Co-Principals) are also always available
 
to consult with you. After-school tutoring is available at a very nominal cost.
 
 
 
 
Q6. Can we seat in a class before registering?
 
A: Yes, welcome! When our classes restart onsite, feel free to stop any Saturday
 
(except school holidays) between 9am to 11am. See Q.12 for school calendar.
 
Our office manager on duty can process your visitor’s pass. 
 
 
 
 
Q7. How and when can I register my child?
 
A: Please take advantage of the open enrollment policy and join anytime. 
 
Until SBCS office reopens, download the 2019-20 registration package & email
 
to registration@southbaychineseschool.org. We accept payments via Zelle®
 
(most financial institutions): Select SB Chinese Culture Asso or (310) 780-0222
 
from your Contacts. Must include Student’s Name, Phone #, and Class info
 
(if available) so credits can be applied correctly. Or checks can be mailed separately 
 
to P.O. Box 2611 Palos Verdes, CA 90274. We will process & contact you. 
 
 
 
 
Q8. Where is the SBCS office (when classes resume onsite)?
 
A: Look for the big SBCS banner, it should direct you to Room P110, where the 
 
administrative office is. The school is open on 32 Saturdays, from 9am to noon; 
 
between Sept to June. We follow PVPUSD holidays. See Q.12 for school calendar. 
 
 
 
 
 
Q9. What are your hours and what is the difference between the semesters?
 
A: To comply with the stay-at-home initiative, Fall Semester 2020 will continue to be
 
distance learning so our students can continue to learn at home safely. It will be on
 
16 Saturdays from 9am to 11:30am. Teachers will provide breaks or special assistance
 
during these hours as needed.
 
We run two 16-wks semesters a year. Fall semester goes from late August to Jan,
 
Spring semester from Mid-Jan to early June. Classes are progressive, one textbook
 
will be covered in 2 semesters. If you'll be like some SBCS families who didn't start
 
during week 1 of the Fall semester, you have the remaining semester(s) to work with
 
the teacher to catch up. Please always check the calendar for specific event hours, 
 
location changes, or school holidays. (Teaching format will change as more information
 
is provided by public authorities.) 
 
 
 
 
Q10. What is the tuition for the traditional core language classes for ages 5
 
Kindergarten to AP?
 
A: Due to the stay-at-home initiative, Fall Semester 2020 will be taught online, between
 
9-11:30am. Tuition is reduced to only $335 ($40 material and fees included). Siblings 
 
special still apply. Please see details on the 2020 Fall Semester Registration Form.
 
Special tuition rate is for a limited time only. Enroll now to prevent price change.
 
Class time, format, tuition and fees are subjected to change. Please see Q7 above
 
for payment methods.
 
 
 
 
Q11. Why do you require tuition payment all at once?
 
A: Our experience is that developing a language skill requires frequent interactions. 
 
Families do find it necessary, and very helpful, to stay with our school more than 
 
just a few weeks or even semesters. This Summer & Fall, we want to simplify the
 
process and reduce the cost for the families. So, the tuition & fees are lowered.
 
Please see Q7 & Q10 above regarding tuition and payment options. 
 
 
 
 
Q12. I’m unable to find your schedule online.
 
A: Please reference our calendars on the left side of the webpage 
 
www.southbaychineseschool.org; scroll down to find a mini calendar embedded
 
with events; or print the 2019-2020 calendar here. Please also feel free to
 
contact us here
 
 
 
 
 
Q13. My child is a beginner; please explain the difference between
 
Mandarin Conversation (MC) and core Chinese classes (LK/HLK/C1)?
 
 A: Students in the conversation class learn Chinese through listening and real life
 
discussions (refer to Q1 above). In contrast, students in the core Chinese classes
 
must also learn reading and writing 讀和寫.  They advance through the curriculum
 
with their classmates from kindergarten to AP (K – 8) levels.  Conversation class is
 
also a transitional class for some Cantonese (C2) or English speaking students who
 
already have some basic reading and writing skills. These students need to focus on
  
listening and speaking 聽和講 before migrating to a higher level core Mandarin classes. 
 
The goal is for them to start Mandarin learning at Level two (HL2/L2) or three (L3)
 
instead of level K or one.
 
 
 
Q14. What is the difference between Level Kindergarten (LK) and Hanyu
 
Pinyin Level Kindergarten 漢語拼音 (HLK)?
 
A: "L" stands for Level, "HL" stands for Hanyu Pinyin Level and "K" is Kindergarten.
 
"LK" is for those interested in writing in traditional Chinese characters, and using
 
the zhuyin (bo po mo fo) 注音 technique to pronounce words.
 
"HLK" is for those interested in writing in simplified Chinese characters, and using
 
the hanyu pinyin 拼音 technique to pronounce words.
 
Although some may consider one method easier or more popular than the other, most
 
students are an open book who will adjust well in either method. We recommend that
 
every family evaluates both classes to find a better fit for YOU. 
 
 
 
 
Q15:  What are the symbols "HL_", "L_" and "C_" in front of each core class
 
A: "L" stands for Zhuyin Level, "HL" Hanyu Pinyin Level and "C" Cantonese. SBCS offers
 
3 different tracks for families with different interests.
 
For Mandarin, "L" & "HL" (see Q14 above), beginning in Kindergarten (LK, HLK), students
 
learn different methods to write and pronounce words. Then they advance to L1 or HL1,
 
respectively. After 3 years, when students from both tracks have a good foundation with 
 
their techniques, "L" and "HL" combine and learn together at Level 3 (L3) and up. The
 
upper level teachers will continue to teach in both styles. Students continue to learn by 
 
using the same textbook that is printed in either Zhuyin or Pinyin.  
 
For Cantonese, the classes are small. Instead of grouping students by grade levels, they
 
are either beginners (C1) or intermediate learners (C2). Cantonese learners are expected
 
to stay in their respective class for more than a year before they are ready to advance to
 
the next level or to transition to Mandarin learning. Please see Q16 below also.
 
 
 
 
Q16. We are Cantonese, it is nice if our kids know both Cantonese and 
 
Mandarin. Should we enroll in the Cantonese series first or start learning  
 
Mandarin right away?
 
A: Our school is the only school in the Greater South Bay area to offer Cantonese
 
classes 廣東話班 - C1 and C2 (2 levels). Our students typically grow up listening to the
 
Cantonese-speaking grandparents or parents. Besides having ample of chances to
 
speak and learn in Cantonese, its very effective curriculum helps students build an
 
unusually strong vocabulary base in reading and writing traditional characters. As they
 
transition to the Mandarin track, they can focus primarily in listening and pronunciation.
 
We recommend that your family evaluates both C1 & LK (traditional characters)
 
classes to find a better match for YOU. Please see Q13 above also.
 

AFTER YOU ENROLL:

 
Q1. How do we know if we are registered successfully?
 
A: When the school receives your registration form and your tuition, we'll email
 
you regarding what to expect next or if anything is still required. We accept checks
 
or payment from Zelle® (work for most financial institutions), see Q7 above, If you
 
forgot to reference the student’s Name, phone #, and class info (if available)
 
with your tuition, please contact us here.  
 
 
 
 
Q2. Where do we go on our first day of school (when classes resume onsite)?
 
A: For Fall 2020, SBCS will continue distance learning so students can learn Chinese
 
at the safety of their own home. When bricks and mortar school is allowed to resume,
 
we host an Opening Ceremony 開學典禮 on the first week of the Fall Semester. You will
 
see posted signs directing you to event location, or you will see parent volunteers in
 
red SBCS shirts.
 
 
 
 

Q3. Is there a map showing all the rooms that SBCS uses (when classes
 
resume onsite)?
 
A: Yes, a map is usually placed near the official SBCS banner. Look for the banner
 
near the main entrance. The administrative office is in Rm P110.
 
HERE is a campus map for SBCS at PVPHS.
 
 
 
 
Q4. Where is the SBCS office (when classes resume onsite)?
 
A: Look for the big SBCS banner, it should direct you to Room P110, where the 
 
administrative office is. Follow the red arrow on the map.
 

Q&A Summer Camp:

 
Q1: What is 2020 Online Summer Camp? 
 
A: Due to the California Stay-At-Home initiative, SBCS has moved our popular onsite
 
summer camp online. The entire program is 5 weeks long. Camper will join on a
 
weekly basis, on M, W, F 1:30 - 3:30pm. Please see Online Summer Camp Flyer
 
Take a look at the fun weekly curriculum too. 
 
 
 
 
 
Q2: My child is entering High School, is summer camp still appropriate?
 
A: Each student can enjoy learning Chinese during the summer. Aside from the
 
standard summer camp or online summer class, SBCS Teachers will evaluate and
 
offer one-on-one recommendation for interested student.
 
 
 
 
Q3: Is the summer camp for young children only?
 
A: Although traditional onsite summer camp is a mixture of 5 to 15 years old
 
students. Online classes will be tailored to students from 5-12 years old. The
 
teacher will divide students into 2 groups of similar age, according to their
 
Chinese proficiency level. They will also learn different fun facts about Chinese
 
culture. There's a central theme every week. More info:
 
 
 
 
Q4: We'll be busy early July, can we enroll a week in June, and then
 
a week later in July?
 
A: Yes, the program is flexible, teaching a different theme each week. Parents
 
can choose the number of weeks of enrollment. In 2020, all classes are online, so
 
as long as their is internet access, the student can learn something about Chinese
 
language and culture weekly.
 
Summer Camp Registration (early bird special ends 6/3/20)
 
 

WEB SITE

 
 
Q1: Our family has enrolled, how to get a website account?
 
 

南灣中文學校 South Bay Chinese School website Phone Number: (310) 780-0222 School Location: 27118 Silver Spur Road, Palos Verdes Estates, 90274